Ice Cream Flavours for DIY

DIY Ice Cream

When it comes to our dessert favourites, ice cream has to be way up there, right? Well, the same can be true for DIY. Ice cream isn’t just a yummy dessert vape either, it also happens to be an excellent alternative to sweeteners.  

Most Ice cream flavours tend to be vanilla based, although one can easily add a dollop or two of other flavours into the mix. My favourite pairing is with butterscotch or caramels, although I tend to use it more as an enhancer or sweetener. 

Common Uses for Vanilla Ice Cream Flavours
  • Basic ice cream flavours or a base – e.g. Adding Chocolate, Butterscotch, Strawberry, Blackberry
  • Blender or enhancer for any major flavour group- Dessert, Bakery, Fruit, Beverage and Tobacco
  • As a sweetener
Pairing Examples

See our posts on Vanilla Flavours and Cream Flavours.

My favourite primary flavour pairings: FW Butterscotch Ripple, FA Caramel, FW Wild Berry Cobbler, FA Banana,  FA Fuji (Apple), TFA Apple Pie

Some of my favourite blender pairings: Used as secondary notes or enhancer/additive. Not just for the above. FLV Vanilla Bean, TFA Bavarian Cream,  FLV Cream, FA Fresh Cream, FA Vienna Cream, TFA Marshmallow, FA Coconut, FW Graham Cracker, FA Tiramisu, Juice Factory Espresso, FA Nut Mix, FW Pie Crust, TFA Pear, FLV Root Beer, FA Polar Blast

NOTE: Don’t forget, if you’re after an authentic ice cream, you need some chill. I use FA Polar Blast, but you can also use TFA Koolada. Experiment between 0.5-1.5%

Simple to mix single fruit mixes can be quite satisfying with vanilla ice cream –  Banana, Orange, Mandarin, Pineapple, Passionfruit, Cherry, Blueberries, Blackberry. Try 3-5% ice cream and between 1-3% fruit (Avg)

Recommended Concentrates

So far, these are the best options I’ve found for vanilla ice cream. TFA’s Vanilla Bean Gelato is the odd one out. The others are similar, yet vary in regards to richness, cream and egg content. 

Flavor West Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Steeped for 3 weeks
Mixed at 5%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-4-10% 
Mixed-2-5%
Safety Data Sheet
Contains Acetoin: 0.033%

This is the good option when wanting a lighter vanilla base as it’s not as rich as TFA or Capella. This is both a strength and a weakness depending on the intended application. If using it as a VBIC , I add additional cream/s, such as FA Fresh Cream. and some butter; either CAP or TFA.

I like that it’s devoid of those peppery notes one generally gets with TFA’s version. I recommend this one as a lighter option and or for those who like to experiment.  

Flavour Description – Notes

A creamy, fairly smooth and sweet vanilla, although relatively light. I get very little butter or eggy notes and the cream aspect is somewhat soft too. There’s no pepper or spice here, just a light blend of vanilla and cream.

As a vanilla I feel it’s a viable choice, but as a vanilla bean ice cream, it falls a tad short straight from the bottle. This one is best with longer steeps but still sings for some extra TLC.

Capella Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Steeped for 3 weeks
Mixed at 4%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-5% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

This version is the closest to TFA, which many consider being the go-to VBIC, although I hear good things about Liquid Barn and will test that one soon. Many find this to be a closer representation of an ice cream than the FW version, although I disagree with this assessment; it’s just different. One positive for many is that it’s devoid of the peppery notes like TFA’s.

However, as with most flavours, it does have its downfalls.

Flavour Description – Notes

A semi-sweet, pepper-free vanilla with a mid-level density to the mouthfeel. The buttery element is light as are the eggy notes. I also detect a little maltol or similar in the back.

There’s some nice creaminess and body, especially on the exhale, but there’s also a subtle chemical-metallic taste. In fairness, this isn’t really an issue as it’s mostly masked when mixed with additional flavours.

The overall taste reminds me of a slightly artificial vanilla or a store bought ice cream. To me, what’s missing here are the bean elements and the richness of butter that TFA’s version offers. Notwithstanding this, it’s a nice vanilla ice cream, although I prefer TFA.

TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Steeped for 3 weeks
Mixed at 4%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-5% 
Mixed-1-5%
Safety Data Sheet
Contains Acetyl Propionyl: >=1% and <10%

This is the most popular VBIC flavouring out there and for good reason. It’s super rich, thanks to the buttery notes from the AP, and the vanilla bean provides a welcomed and distinct level of peppery spice. 

Many say this is a cross between TFA vanilla custard and TFA vanilla swirl, and for the most part, I’d agree. 

Flavour Description – Notes

A super rich, creamy, buttery flavour. The vanilla is a bit lighter than expected and the bean element offers a peppery spice. Much of this vanishes after a 3 week steep. There’s a slight caramel or malt note here too, perhaps from maltol, I’m not sure though. One can tell there are some custard elements here also.

One thing to watch for is when using this at higher percentages; it can and generally will mute other flavours so I’d suggest starting out low and working up.

For a super rich buttery VBIC, this one is hard to beat.

TFA Vanilla Bean Gelato

Steeped for 2 weeks
Mixed at 4%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-8% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

Gelato is a lighter version of ice cream, using less cream and usually without including eggs. TFA probably wanted to offer a lighter alternative to their VBIC, and that’s essentially what this is. I feel the vanilla aspect is great and therefore makes it a good vanilla flavour, but if one wants a VBIC, you’ll need a few dollops of TLC; or should I say additional flavours.

Flavour Description – Notes

A nice rich semi-sweet, creamy, eggy vanilla, with a nice balance of buttery notes. Whilst there are custard notes included (butyric acid) it’s nothing like the intensity of TFA’s VBIC. I feel there are two primary reasons for using this as opposed to the other choices.

1) If one is looking for an ice cream without diketones
2) If one is looking for a decent vanilla flavour with buttery and creamy elements

Thanks to Fizzmustard on ELR, here’s a recipe using this gelato that mimics Vanilla bean ice cream-

Vanilla Bean Gelato 4% 
FA Cream Fresh 1%
TFA French Vanilla 2%

As with all vanilla ice creams, steeping for at least 2 weeks brings offers up the best results.

Tips on Using Vanilla Ice Cream

Many additional tips can be found listed under cream and vanilla flavours.

  • Always steep ice cream for at least 2 weeks
  • Experiment with adding creams like FA Fresh or Vienna cream when needed
  • Keep percentages lower when using TFA VBIC – Can mute other flavours
  • Try all 4 versions and follow flavour testing procedures in order to know these flavours well
  • FLV Vanilla Bean concentrate may be worth exploring
  • Butter – If one wishes more try adding some from either TFA or Capella
  • Ice creams need to be cold so try FA Polar Blast or TFA Koolada to add the chill
  • Sweeteners – VBIC can be an excellent alternative to sweeteners

If you have any thoughts on mixing with ice cream please let us know. Happy mixing!

From The Table,
Charles

It’s all about the juice.

How I Test Flavour Concentrates

All flavours are tested using an RDA – Vandy Vape Pulse 22
Fused Claptons – 2x27g TM N80 and 1x40g N80 
Tested at 25 & 35 watts using Native Wicks Platinum Blend cotton.

All flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine.
Generally steeped for 2 weeks.

Flavour Notes are based on aroma, the 5 ml water test and vaping. 
See our post on Testing Flavours

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